Fodder scam case: Sentencing Lalu deferred again

ABHISHEK BAJPAI 04/01/2018 17:38:13


Ranchi, Jan 4: A special CBI court today once again deferred sentencing of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav for a day in fodder scam.
The sentencing was deferred as a mark respect to two members of the legal fraternity who had recently passed away. The quantum is expected to be pronounced tomorrow.
Yesterday, the court deferred the pronouncement of quantum of punishment due to death of a lawyer Vindeshwari Prasad.
While deferring the pronouncement of quantum of punishment, it found RJD leaders Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Tejashwi Yadav and Manoj Jha guilty of contempt of court and summoned them on January 23.
On December 23, Lalu was held guilty by the special CBI court in fodder scam.
Immediately after the judgment Lalu was taken into custody and sent to Ranchi jail.
Ex-CM Jagannath Mishra and five others were also acquitted by the special court.
Mishra and Lalu were among the 22 persons who were accused by the CBI in the scam.
The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of more than 89 lakh from Deoghar treasury between 1991 and 1994.
Before the judgment Lalu exuded confidence that he would be acquitted in the Deoghar fodder scam case.
His conviction in the scam spells more trouble for Rashtriya Janta Dal chief, who has found himself on the receiving end from the action by the authorities.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) and other government agencies have been coming down on assets owned by Lalu and his family members, including his daughter Misa Bharti and former Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav.
The ED has filed a charge-sheet against Misa Bharti and her husband in a money laundering case.
In all, there were 34 accused in the Deoghar fodder scam case. Eleven accused died during the course of trial while one turned CBI approver and admitted to the crime.
Before the pronouncement of verdict, Lalu Prasad's son and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav expressed confidence that the verdict will be in their favour.

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